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Science Policy Weekly Update: March 2, 2018 ?>

Science Policy Weekly Update: March 2, 2018

Don’t miss our webinar on op-ed writing on Friday Writing an op-ed is one way to let policymakers and the community know how your research and policies that affect your research might impact them. Dr. Tricia Serio, dean of the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and member of the ASBMB Public Affairs Advisory Committee, will provide a how-to guide for writing op-eds with a lens on advocating for the scientific enterprise. Register here.   Scientists…

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Science Policy Weekly Roundup: February 16, 2018 ?>

Science Policy Weekly Roundup: February 16, 2018

ASBMB responds to President Donald Trump’s FY19 budget The Trump administration’s FY19 budget originally called for deep cuts for the NIH and the NSF. However, in response to the congressional budget deal that will infuse billions of dollars to the federal budget, the Office of Management and Budget walked back the cuts and instead proposed flat funding levels for those agencies. The administration’s original intent to reduce the NIH and NSF budgets demonstrate that the research enterprise is not a…

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Trump administration releases its FY19 budget ?>

Trump administration releases its FY19 budget

Today, the Trump administration released the president’s budget request for fiscal 2019.  As could be expected, the administration proposed heavy cuts to agencies that support the research enterprise.   Under the president’s proposal, the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation’s research and related activities accounts would have seen reductions to $24 billion and $4.2 billion, respectively. The president’s budget, however, was drafted prior to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018  being signed into law last week.  Consequently, his…

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Episode 5 of Pipettes and Politics is available ?>

Episode 5 of Pipettes and Politics is available

In the latest episode of science policy podcast “Pipettes and Politics,” the ASBMB public affairs staff discusses the recently passed bipartisan budget deal and its potential effects on the science community. Science policy analyst André Porter examines the new policy guidelines from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation regarding sexual harassment in the lab and at meetings. Porter also discusses the release of the National Science Board’s policy companion statement to its 2018 Science and Engineering…

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The ASBMB co-hosts Capitol Hill briefing on role of NSF in breakthrough genetic discoveries ?>

The ASBMB co-hosts Capitol Hill briefing on role of NSF in breakthrough genetic discoveries

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, in partnership with the American Chemical Society, hosted a briefing for congressional staffers on Thursday about the role of National Science Foundation funding in the development of innovative genetic tools. The briefing highlighted the discovery of CRISPR, which was enabled by a small NSF grant for the study of bacterial defenses against viruses. The revolutionary gene-editing tool, over the long term, is likely to have substantial societal impacts, with applications in the…

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Science policy weekly roundup: December 15, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: December 15, 2017

  Episode 3 of ‘Pipettes and Politics’ is available The ASBMB public affairs staff released its third episode of its science policy podcast, “Pipettes and Politics.” The episode covers recent hearings about implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act, updates on the GOP tax bill, and the complex negotiations of the FY18 federal budget. The episode ends with the staff discussing their favorite science stories of 2017. Read more here, and listen to it on iTunes, Stitcher, and Soundcloud.. ‘Graduate student tax’ is…

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Where we’ve been: Attending the Fall NSF MPS Advisory Committee Meeting ?>

Where we’ve been: Attending the Fall NSF MPS Advisory Committee Meeting

  The National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences advisory committee met last month to go over division updates and to strategize on how to effectively partner with outside organizations.  During the first day, Jim Ulvestad, acting assistant director, provided the committee with directorate updates.  The second half of the meeting covered external partnerships, with representatives from the NSF’s other six research directorates providing feedback and lessons learned. We learned that Anne Kinney, chief scientist at the W.M….

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Science Policy Roundup: December 8, 2017 ?>

Science Policy Roundup: December 8, 2017

ASBMB members urge Congress to remove graduate student tax from the final tax reform effort So far, 1,013 ASBMB members have sent 3,106 letters to 369 members of Congress in a push to ensure that the repeal of the graduate student tuition tax waiver does not make it onto the final tax reform bill. The bill is in conference committee, as the House and Senate negotiators are amending the legislation to ensure passage through both chambers. Take action here. Episode…

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For members, by members ?>

For members, by members

  In the October issue of ASBMB Today, Rick Page, a member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee, provided an overview of the PAACs meetings with leaders at the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation in the spring. View the article here. Below are additional highlights from the agency meetings. National Institute of General Medical Sciences Update on the R35 Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award program NIGMS officials expect to reach…

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Science policy roundup: Nov. 17, 2017 ?>

Science policy roundup: Nov. 17, 2017

The ASBMB debuts first episode of “Pipettes and Politics” The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has released a science policy podcast titled “Pipettes and Politics.” Hosted by the public affairs department, the podcast discusses politics and policies that affect the science community. The first episode considers the ramifications of the U.S. House of Representatives’ tax proposal to eliminate tuition waivers for graduate students. Listen here.   National Science Board addresses skilled technical workforce issue ASBMB Science Policy Analyst…

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